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2003 Audi A4 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WAULC68E23
ok this car came to us with the customer already replacing coils , plugs , maf... upon inspection i found the pcv was no good and vehicle couldn't idle and was going into a vacuum . i replaced the pcv valve and two split vacuum lines that i found cleaned the t... Trouble codes: P1297, P0102, P1564, P0300
1989 BMW 750iL 5.0L inst cluster gauges VIN: WBAGC831XK
None of the gauges or the tach work. Nothing on the lower part of the cluster work. I took the cluster out and looked for damage and found none. My question is, does anyone know of a place to send it to be checked and or repaired? BMW no longer services inst. ...
1997 BMW 328i 2.8L Obc VIN: WBABK7325V
I just replaced the radiator and went to start the car and now it wont start. I noticed the on bord computer doesn't light up. Is there a fuse of relay for the OBC or a safety device in the car that won't let the car start.
2002 Cadillac Escalade 6.0L Transfer Case VIN: 3GYEK63N82
New customer for me so I haven't seen this particular vehicle before, no repair history in my shop. Customer experiences, and I do too, a hard "clunk", or "bang" on acceleration from what feels like beneath the driver floorboard. I'm aware of the TSB regardin...
1990 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1L No Start
hello all, this one kinda given me a fit, well car towed in for start and cut right off, checked had all signals required to start as it was doing the would loose signal to injectors reason cutting off stalling,,,checked to find injectors bad 4 out of 6 well b...
1994 Chevrolet Camaro 3.4L No Start VIN: 2G1FP22S6R
I have this 1994 Camaro that we are swapping in a LT1. Everything is hooked up. All connectors hooked up. The thing basically will not start. about every 20th time you crank it it fires up and runs great until you cut it off to re start. then no start. I'm not... Trouble codes: 82 (Shift Sel. A Circuit), 43 (ESC Module Circuit), 41 (EST Open)
1995 Chevrolet K3500 Cheyenne 7.4L Shifting problem VIN: 1GCHK39N2S
Vehicle came in because it was going into default (2nd Gear) at about 30-35 MPH. Scanned computer and found VSS reading erratic. Check VSS output at sensor with voltmeter, was low so replaced it. Still had the same problem, checked output from buffer to PCM, w...
2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4L Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2CNDL13F95
Car came in last Friday night, customer comkplaint is the vehicle has VERY POOR fuel economy. MIL is Illuminated. Retrieved DTC;s; P0300- Random Multiple Misfire Detected. Used SOLUS-PRO Scanner to read live misfire data. Cylinder #5 is misfiring steadily.(eng... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Multiple Misfire Detected)
2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4L electronic range select VIN: 2CNALBEW4A
One of my good friends has a equinox that his son had borrowed and when he got it back the ers mode did not work. I tried to get into it with my tech 2 and my ds708 and my genisys and found no codes in any computers and no data to support this function. It doe...
2001 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) EX 3.8L HVAC Blower VIN: 2C8GP54L41
I'm not very familiar with these vans. This one has a bad blower motor (front). I bypassed the cars wiring and put power directly to it. It ran very slowly and draws a lot of amps. My question is: Do I take the dash off and the HVAC system out of the car to re...
1997 Dodge Intrepid 3.3L stays in 2nd gear VIN: 2B3HD46T9V
car come in no start,fuel pump dead,replaced fuel pump,runs but does'nt shift out of second gear allso shift linkage doe s'nt move freely. also at times the engine run rich and will stall inj pulse will be up to 3 millseconds and long term will go as high as -...
1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 8.0L Excessive Emissions, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B6KF26W6V
Originally customer had done own repairs, vehicle came in with a P0138 B1S2 (pre-cat)high voltage. After inspection found lead had been swapped with B2S1 to B1S2 harness which in turn made lead for pre-cat too short. Replaced sensor with proper length and lead... Trouble codes: P0152 (O2 voltage high b2s1)
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck ST 6.7L oil leak VIN: 3D6WG46A97
I am not sure if this question should go here or in Forums. but I have a question for all the Dodge guys out there. Have a 2007 Ram 3500 repo wrecker in for oil leaks. For sure the oil pan is leaking, but am only partial sure rear main is leaking also. Bore sc...
2000 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L No Start VIN: 1FAFP42X8Y
got an odd one here. this mustang came in as a no start. initial testing found good spark,good injector pulse and no fuel pressure. checked power in and out of inertia switch,all ok. tapped on fuel tank and car started and fuel pressure jumped to 15psi. instal...
2002 Ford E-350 Econoline 7.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1FTSS34F12
Hi guys , hope you for diesel techs can help with this one. I have this e350 with the 7.3 liter diesel. It seems to run good in the bay in park through all the RPM range. When I put it id drive, it starts to misfire and lose power. If I drive it, it will not g...
2002 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTYR10D62
Vehical has no power and smells like raw fuel. The fuel trims are very high. Trouble codes: P1537, P0171 (System lean)
2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L battery VIN: 1FAFP552X3
Vehicle came in for dead battery tested and replaced, perform alternator test- failed- no charging replaced. Customer returned day later with dead battery- discovered ignition off draw on fuse 16, B+ to the Gem module. Once this connector is disconnected draw ...
2005 Ford F-450 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L shift solenoid a VIN: 1FDXF46P55
Hello to all in iatn world and thanks for taking time to read my post.This f450 is a fleet vehicle and was coming in with code p0751 and p2700.The first time I saw this vehicle the code was intermittent,fluid looked perfect,trans shifts great. I took a swing a...
2002 Honda Accord SE 2.3L Cooling Systems VIN: 1HGCG56792
This is for honda guys.This accord was towed to my shop.Customer says vehicle overheated.Has obvious signs of oil in coolant.Enough for long enough that gasket on radiator cap is swollen and cracked.Recovery tank full and has run over,probably because cap won'...
2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0L compressor VIN: 1HGCM66593
Vehicle came into shop with popoff valve on a/c compressor blown. Valve on compressor would not reseat so compressor was replaced with new compressor. System was evacuated & recharged, upon inital cranking the pressures were 35 psi on low side and 125 psi on h...
2004 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L Park lights VIN: KMHWF25S94
Hello everyone and thanks for the help on this one. I have this 2004 Hyunda Sonata in that has some really freaky park light and dash light flashing problems. When i start the car and turn on the headlamps, the park light relay clicks 5 times about the speed o...
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1J4GZ58SXS
Trying to confirm to be what I think is a bad PCM. Car starts and runs fine, for about 3 min, then will stall, Most of the time will restart. about 1 in every 5 restart attempts will not restart unless key is turned off then back on. No codes, checked crank an...
2006 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8L Lacks Power VIN: 1J4GL485X6
Customer brought in for lack of power concern. I got codes P1255,P0B08,P0003,P1812 and P000 with out launch scanner and the P0069 with a generic code reader. Looked all code up in Mitchell unable to find any info on any of the codes. Also searched on Identifix... Trouble codes: P1255 (n/a), P0B08, P0003 (Fuel Volume regulator control circuit low), P1812 (n/a), P0000 (ISO/SAE reserved), P0069 (MAP-barometric correlation)
2007 Land Rover LR3 SE 4.4L charge indicator VIN: SALAE25447
vehicle came in with low batt. voltage.. charge battery. test for battery current draw. ok. test alternator with vat40. alt not charging. renew alternator. retest system. charging okay at 13.0 volts. test charging system with vat 40 and snap-on brick. everythi...
2004 Lexus GX470 4.7L air ride VIN: JTJBT20X84
This is my wife's truck. Has rear air ride and electronic adjustable front and rear shocks without the hydraulic reservoir system. She hit an unmarked, large, newly installed by the city, speed bump at about 30 mph. Since then the rear height is too low, almos...
2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L seats VIN: 5LMFU28R63
anybody knows if there is a procedure to reconfigure the automatic temperature control module for the a.c. system or do have to go to Ford to get it reprogram?
1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL 5.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality VIN: WDBFA66E2N
Vehicle is difficult to start and after it does start, it blows black smoke. Vehicle is also running really rich. Idles at 600 rpm and is rough. Vehicle has long crank, sometimes 20 seconds before starting. Note vehicle cranks fast just like when you have a ba...
2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Dlc VIN: WDBJF65J61
Customer bought car from out of state dealer. Obviously in an accident of some sort. My mission was to make it road worthy. Only warning light SRS. Could not get any more sophisticated snap-on scan equipment (used successfully on other MBs) to connect prope...
1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS 3.5L Misfire, coil 1 not firing VIN: JA4MR41R7V
This montero is not firing coil number 1 at all (top left coil, fires cyl 3 and 6). The coil has 12v at the blk/wht pwr wire, but receives no ground to fire. Good continuity from coil to ignition amplifier(blu/blk wire), amplifier has the same resistance throu...
1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS 3.0L parking light VIN: JA4MT31P2V
hellow everyone,this montero turns the parking lights on when brakes are apliyed, also chime is heard ,anyone seen this before.
2004 Nissan Altima S 2.5L No Start VIN: 1N4AL11E94
Came in for no start had the 2 codes listed. Also at times had no communication to ECM. Checked powers and ground into ECM all ok. Ordered new ECM and installed and programed the security system the P1610 and P1611 went away and the security light started to f... Trouble codes: P1610 (NATS Malfunction), P1611 (NATS Malfuncton)
2003 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out VIN: 1G3NL52E63
Customer came in with engine knocking and 1 gallon of water in oil pan. Customer complained before noise came that engine was cutting out and surging from time to time. It would disconnect the cruise when this happened. Installed used engine with 45000 miles o...
1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager Expresso 3.3L starts & dies out VIN: 1P4GP44G2W
Engine starts & emidiatly shuts down 2-3 times & then goes into a no crank condition,,, however it may sit a hour or 2 then come back it starts & runs fine ??? no scan codes present for amy systems. need some advise please
2000 Pontiac Montana 3.4L Misfire VIN: 1GMDX03E7Y
Help! this van is driving us nuts. We swapped out the old engine with a fresh reman (old one had a broken piston skirt and making noise, but ran ok otherwise). Ever since the new one was installed, it has had a constant miss on #2 cylinder. We checked for vacu... Trouble codes: P0300 (Cylinder misfire)
2006 Scion xB 1.5L camshaft timing VIN: JTLKT33426
I just finnished installing clyinder head test drove seemed to run well was setting srt,s check for codes and found a p0012 intake timing over retard. I guessing i have may have caused the problem I did not check that the cam was in locked or unlocked position...
2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7L Evaporator VIN: JTEBT14R45
a/c works fine but there is a breathing noise inside car when the blower is on low. it happens everytime the compressor kicks on. kind of like fluid rushing in to car. probably does it on other speeds but it is so faint you can't hear it. thanks for any ideas
2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWAE63BX5
Thanks for your patience as this is a bit long. I am unfamiliar with VW and need your help. Ok so this 05 Passat 2.0L TDi comes in with engine light on. Codes were P2100 and P0741. Cleared the codes and the P0741 came on within a couple day and the P2100 came... Trouble codes: P2100 (Throttle Actuator control motor circuit open 1), P0741 (Torque converter clutch circuit or performance stuck off)
2006 Volkswagen GTI 2.0L MIL Lamp on, No power VIN: WVWEV71K96
Hello everybody my question today is. I have tested the regulator valve and it is open. Is this (p2294) the cause of the lack of power? Even though I am not losing fuel pressure while accelerating. At first p2293/p0087 were not in the computer only p2294 wich ... Trouble codes: P2294, P2293, P0087
2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start, Stall VIN: 3VWDT71K66
Hello, and thank you in advance for any help you may be able to offer. This Jetta was towed in as a no start- owner stated that it began running rough on her way home after fueling up, and the next morning it would not start. No MIL, no codes stored. Vehicle d...
1998 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1LZ5649W
i've got a volvo wagon here with the abs light on. however, given that it's a 98, i have no way to pull codes on the abs. i would like your advice on what scan tool to purchase that will do proprietary codes on a volvo 850 or early v70. my snap on solus pro ha...
2002 Volvo V70 2.4L siren VIN: YV1SW61R92
alarm system going off interm

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1991 Acura Integra LS 1.8L charging VIN: JH4DA9350M
This is a Fix! Thanks to all the great replies. Every one is right on this one. The problem was a few things, after the second reman alternator, the amp would not go any more than 40 at 2500 rpm when we load the battery. So we installed a Denso reman, amp went...
1998 BMW 750iL 5.4L No Start, Alarm/Immobilizer VIN: WBAGK2326W
Hi again, everyone, and thanks for your input. Unfortunately, the car is not finished, but the deadline for closing this post is here. I will post an update when it is finalized. But, here's what we have so far- The EWS module was bad. Replacing it and codi... Trouble codes: 204 (EWS Random Code Storage), 148 (Interface Immobilizer).
2006 BMW 325xi 3.0L MIL Lamp on, over heat VIN: WBAVD13516
water pump and t stat took care of the problem. Was going to try just a tstat but with the water pump codes i went ahead and did them both. thanks for all the help. Trouble codes: 2E84.
2007 BMW 335i 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAVB73527
This one goes in the cant fix flie due to the used car dealer not wanting to fork out the money. After many parts and lots of time i felt that the engine itself with the rattling of the timing chains is the source of the problem. Vanos and chains. I recommende...
2001 Buick Century Custom 3.1L 1-2 shift VIN: 2G4WS52J61
Thanks for all the help. we actually pressure tested as per tsb, that is what lead us to replacing the solenoid. per suggestions we disconnected connector at trans. and drove shifting manually. it still would not shift out of 2nd gear. the tfp on the scanner a...
2007 Cadillac CTS 2.8L Starting VIN: 1G6DM57T07
Simple enough. replaced starter and relay, problem is gone. I dont think i like the used car dealer cars. Uggg. Thanks again for all the help and assistance!
1990 Chevrolet S10 4.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out VIN: 1GCDT14Z9L
First I want to say THANKS to Dan and all the others who replied! I took a day off from this truck to rest my brain. But anyway, I scoped the map and it looked good with no drop outs. I went back to the basics, hooked up a fuel guage and found the fuel pressur...
2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 3.8L No Start VIN: 2G1WX15K01
Thank you for all the replies. Pulled the gun and put a new bcm in and had it programmed, took care of all problems. Thanks IATN Trouble codes: B3031 (Security system controller in learn mode), U1064 (Lost communication with BCM), P1626 (Theft deterrent fuel enable signal lost).
1997 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LXi 3.8L Misfire VIN: 1C4GP64L0V
I ran out of things to test after I lab scoped the o2 sensor and did not see any change while acting up. I realized it was not a engine miss. I replaced the torque converter and it is fixed. I have never seen a torque converter shudder that did not show some s...
1988 Dodge W350 5.9L indexing timing corr
Thank you to all that responded . I just started all over from scratch. mechanically put on number 1 tdc found harmonic balancer off 90 degrees made my own mark on balancer put distributor in start up found had to advance one tooth set timing to 14 degrees tot...
1993 Dodge Dakota 3.9L Fuel Gauge VIN: 1B7GG23X0P
It turned out to be a bad cluster. Im sure it was an internal problem within the cluster itself. Thanks for everyones replies.
2000 Dodge Ram 3500 Van 5.9L dome lights
Thank you for all your replies! The van has not returned yet for me to find the problem. The time limit is up & I must close this help request. I will add the fix if & when the van returns for service. Thanks again! Tim
2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Hesitation VIN: WD2YD64213
thanks for all the replies on this one.last week i bit the bullet and replaced the egr valve,convinced that it was faulty.truck ran perfectly.kyle [...] hit it dead-on.the engine goes into "limp" mode whenever there is an egr fault,even if the valve is disconne... Trouble codes: P1403.
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck Laramie 5.9L loss of reverse and foward gears VIN: 3D7KS28C35
thanx to all your replys. everyone was on the right track but Mr. tim halan hit the nail on the head and offered som very useful information about my flashing lights. i did pull the pan and found it was pretty plugged up, though there was not much debris in th...
1986 Ford Escort L 1.9L No Start VIN: 1FABP3697G
thanks for the help. it was indeed the module and the coil. i'm not old enough to have a lot of experience on these older fords, but read mark and pete's descriptions of the ignition system and its test parameters. they were very good descriptions, and help...
1994 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L no 2-3 or 3-4 shift VIN: 2FTHF26K8R
Sorry everyone this project got put on the back burnner for now,I am going to lok into it more in a few months Thanks for the replys and i will post if i find to problem
1998 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L 3rd to overdrive VIN: 1FAFP45X5W
Builder found that the direct clutch pack was faulty! Trans is in car and shifting great. Thank you for all of the replies
2002 Ford Escape XLS 3.0L steering gear, rack VIN: 1FMYU02152
replacement rack from advance was faulty installed second new one and everything is good.
2002 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L hazard lights, signal lights, abs, wipers VIN: 1FMYU03142
well after searching for ground problems and going over wiring diagrams i found the ground g103 was not making good contact and also the washer pump plug was broke and not plugged in, thanks to all that replied
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Misfire VIN: 1FTPX14524
The truck is fixed. We installed a rebuilt trans from Ford and all is well. I still don't understand why it felt that it was misfiring but... welcome to the new world of auto repair. Trouble codes: P1106 (Reduced power).
2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FAFP53265
I replaced the IAC and so far it is running good. The problem was intermitent so I have to wait to make sure it does not die again. Everything I tested was testing good. Thanks
2004 GMC Envoy XUV SLT 4.2L Rear Gate Glass VIN: 1GKET12S14
It turns out that I had no actual electrical aor mechanical problems with this truck. I had to have the roof and tailgate module positions re-learned with a GM Tech II scanner. My OTC Genisys would not do that. The data in both modules showed the same number f...
2003 Honda Element EX 2.4L 5th Gear VIN: 5J6YH27503
I Got 2 Replies That Had Anything To Do With Repairing This Vehicle. Thanks. The Rest Of The Replies Had To Do With How Much To Charge. Not What I Was Looking For. To Prevent Alot Of Down Time I Talked The Customer Into A Used Transaxle. Job Done And Out The D...
2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L ac control VIN: 5FNRL18053
The car started working fine and could not get to act up again. If the problem reoccurs, I will post the fix.
1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0L ABS, Brakes VIN: 1J4FJ58S5M
thank you for the help and the input and test procedures and yes off to the dealer it went today. becuase it is most definately a problem within the abs pump assembly.
2004 Mercedes-Benz C320 4Matic 3.2L Seats VIN: WDBRH84J94
After testing everything we could and not knowing 100% the coding of the seat modules and door modules we were going to send it to the dealer to have them coded but after the weekend the seats work ok back to normal which Mark from Washington said that they ca...
2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4A3AC54H12
Sorry for the delayed closing. I found that the hose between the valve and soliod has a restrictor in in and that was clougded. So i replace all the ruber vacume hoses for the egr system cleared codes and had customer try. Have not heard from them in a coup... Trouble codes: P0401 (EGR Flow Insufficient Detected).
2005 Volvo S80 2.5T 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1TS59215
We just checked again with the customer, and the car appears fixed. Thank you all for your help. Adam confirmed again that this etm is plug and play and advised checking contacts at the ecu. We did get it to act up for us, and when that occurred, all the v... Trouble codes: 930B, 9270 (throttle valve), 9200 (throttle position sensor), 9210 (throttle unit), 9220 (throttle potentiometer), 925C.
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